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Stetson (6-14, 1-7 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (15-6, 8-0 A-Sun)
10/21/2011 | Nashville, TN | Attendance: 231
FGCU (13-9, 7-2 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (16-6, 9-0 A-Sun)
10/22/2011 | Nashville, TN | Attendance: 283
Thursday, October 20, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off Tuesday night’s signature win over 3-1 win over Big East power Louisville, the Lipscomb volleyball team returns to the friendly confines of Allen Arena on Friday night and Saturday afternoon hosting Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast, respectively.
Friday night’s contest against the Hatters is “Dig Pink” night raising awareness for breast cancer. Fans will receive pink Lipscomb volleyball bracelets prior to the game. Head Coach Brandon Rosenthal will also host his final installment of “Chalk Talk” for 2011. The short pre-game talk begins at 5:45 p.m. in the conference room of the Lipscomb athletic offices.
“Anytime you go out of conference and then have to jump right back in it’s definitely a difficult task,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “You would hope the momentum we garnered from the Louisville win would carry through the weekend.”
The Lady Bisons (14-6, 7-0 A-Sun) head into the weekend on a 12-game winning streak and sit atop the Atlantic Sun Conference standings with a 7-0 mark in league play. Lipscomb continues to show tremendous balance in the offense attack as just Tuesday night the Lady Bisons saw four hitters finish with double digits in kills.
Not only does Lipscomb sit atop the league standings but the Purple and Gold also paces the A-Sun in hitting percentage (.241), assists (13.0/set), and kills (14.11/set). Freshman Jewell Dobson continues to rank second in hitting percentage with a .352 average just ahead of senior Katie Rose, who boats a .326 mark. Junior Kaycee Green ranks among the A-Sun leaders in kills averaging 3.61 per set.
In A-Sun matches, Rose is leading the leading the league with a blistering .434 hitting percentage. Dobson ranks just behind in third with a .383 mark.
The opponents: Stetson – The Hatters (6-13, 1-6 A-Sun) head to the “Music City” riding their first A-Sun win after sweeping USC Upstate last Saturday to snap a 36-match conference losing streak. Kaley Mellville leads Stetson offensively averaging 3.27 kills per set. The Hatters spread the work around defensively but Monique Russell leads the club averaging 3.87 digs per set. As a team, the Hatters are hitting a .148 compared to Lipscomb’s .241 average.
“Stetson is really a young team with a new coach and they do some really nice stuff,” said Rosenthal. “They’re coming off a big win and they’re outside hitters are going a great job. They’re getting a lot of swings on the ball. I think the thing about them that is the most dangerous Is their freedom to play.”
FGCU – Winners of seven of their last eight, the Eagles enter the weekend playing solid volleyball. Last week saw FGCU sweep Big East foe South Florida before taking 3-1 contests over USC Upstate and ETSU. The wins improved the Eagles to 12-8 overall and 6-1 in A-Sun action. FGCU’s Jessica Barnes heads into this weekend as the reigning A-Sun Player of the Week after a strong performance last week. Jill Hopper leads the Eagles offensively averaging just over three kills a set, while Holly Youngquist leads the club in digs per set averaging 4.09.
“Gulf Coast, who sits tied with Belmont, is a formidable team and one of those programs that over the years, especially in the A-Sun has been at the top, if not number one,” said Rosenthal. “They had a rough year last year and they brought in a lot of new girls. There’s no doubt just now and moving forward that team is going to continue to get better and better.”